Word of the Day: Cheer

cheer / CHir


  1. a shout of joy or encouragement

So two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

E.M. Forster, 1879-1970


  1. a state of mind or heart

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem, there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.

William R. Alger, 1822-1905


  1. animation; lightness of feeling

Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.

Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832


  1. welcome; hospitality

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

J. R. R. Tolkien, 1892-1973


  1. food and drink, as at a feast

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616


  1. a form of shout used by spectators at a sporting or other type of event, used to encourage the competitors

A boo is a lot louder than a cheer.

Lance Armstrong, 1971-


  1. something which provides happiness, encouragement, etc.

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.

Helen Keller, 1880-1968



  1. to gladden or cause to be joyful

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Mark Twain, 1835-1910


  1. to encourage

For there is no friend like a sister

In calm or stormy weather;

To cheer one on the tedious way,

To fetch one if one goes astray,

To lift one if one totters down,

To strengthen whilst one stands.

Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894


  1. to salute with approving shouts

Cheer the bull, or cheer the bear; cheer both, and you will be trampled and eaten.

from ‘Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan, 1948-2007